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    • Jacob
    • 18.05.10 | 22:31 (IDT)

    Nir Hasson did not tell us that In 1964, the Sharia Court in Jaffa dealt with that cemetery and the President of the Muslim Court of Appeals ruled that the cemetery is Mundras, "abandoned", which means that it has lost its sanctity and one is permitted to do on it what one does on any other land which was never a cemetery. After that decision the Jerusalem municipality built on the site a large underground parking lot and nobody complained. Also, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, not only initiated the building of the Palace Hotel on part of that cemetery. There was also a plan to build a Muslim University on the site. The hotel was built but the University was not, because of lack of funds. The "Mundras" religious ruling, which allows for abandoned cemeteries to be used for commercial development, is found in many Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia. It appears that the objection to the Museum in Jerusalem has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with politics.

    from the article: Museum of Tolerance Special Report / Part I: Holes, Holiness and Hollywood
    First published 06:20 18.05.10 | Last updated 06:20 18.05.10
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